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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To use a divining rod to search for underground water or minerals.
  • v. Variant of douse1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blow on the face.
  • v. To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.
  • v. To beat or thrash.
  • v. To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.
  • transitive v. To beat or thrash.
  • intransitive v. To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc.
  • n. A blow on the face.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See douse.
  • n. See douse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. slacken
  • v. use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
  • v. wet thoroughly
  • v. cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
  • n. searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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